Each season, the Ontario Cycling Association selects a number of junior athletes to participate in early season training and race camps. This Spring, and on the back end of several successful camps in California and South Carolina, Ontario athletes were once again chosen to represent the Province at two early season races in Claifornia, the Kenda Cup at Fontana, and the US Cup at Bonelli. Three of our very own Team Progressive athletes were selected: Liam Mulcahy, Malcolm Barton and Gunnar Holmgren.
Lead by Kevin Simms, the athletes spent several weeks living neutral to both race venues, with their time split between course pre-riding and training. Maverix team manager Jay Ennis was also onsite for both events and provided support where required.
The Fontana-based Kenda Cup was a hot one, as high temperatures added to an already challenging course. The Ontario athletes held their own in the hot conditions and everyone raced strong. Liam had an impressive debut in his first UCI Elite race finishing top 20. Fellow Team Ontario rider Quinton Desira also had a great race finishing 4th in his Junior category. Quinton also claimed the top spot in the Short Track race the following day.
A week later, the U.S. Cup in Bonelli proved to be a very different race than the Kenda Cup. Temperatures dropped drastically and the rain made for a day of muddy racing. Once again, the Team Ontario athletes represented strongly. Gunnar, coming off of a crash a week earlier in Fontana, raced two strong races to claim 4th on Saturday and 3rd on Sunday in the Short Track!
Great job by all Team Ontario riders!